It's that time of year again, time for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap in support of Cookies for Kids' Cancer. This marks my third year participating and, as usual, I had lots of fun coming up with a recipe to share with three other bloggers, while anxiously awaiting cookies to come my way from yet three more bloggers.
Although the recipe has to be new to our blogs, it can be something we have made before or came from another source (with appropriate credit of course), but I like to play around and come up with something completely new to me. This year, I settled on Lemon-Rosemary Cookies, thinking that would be kind of fun if using a Christmas Tree cookie cutter, since rosemary has a pine-like flavor. If you have a wreath cutter, that would work well too. The funny thing was that I made a test batch to bring to work and, not thinking about the shape, I went ahead with the trees and had a lot of people wondering why Christmas Trees were showing up when we had just barely gotten past Halloween!
3/4 c butter, softened
1 c sugar
3 T finely chopped fresh rosemary
zest of 2 lemons
1 T lemon juice
3 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
Lemon juice (or extract or emulsion)
Colored sugars, etc. for decorating
The three bloggers I shipped cookies to were:
Sharon of Cheesy Pennies
Julie of Julie Bakes
Anna of Green Eyed Country Girl
The three bloggers I received cookies from were:
Tanaya of Tanaya's Table (Dark Chocolate Red Wine)
Natalie of In Natalie's Shoes (Peppermint Shortbread)
Melissa of Freshly Baked Sweets (Orange Madeleines)
Be sure to check out their sites as well.
A BIG thanks to brand partners Oxo, Dixie Crystals, and Land O'Lakes for the assist in this project, not only for funding, but also for sending participating bloggers goodies to help out in the kitchen - stacking liquid measuring cups from Oxo, a silpat from Dixie Crystals, and Coupons from Land O'Lakes. All have been put to good use!
And let's not forget our hosts, Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen, without whom this fundraising event would not exist. This year's cookie swap raised more than $7,000 from the $4.00 blogger participation fee/donation and matching funds from the event brand partners. If you are a blogger interested in participating in next year's cookie swap, click here to receive future notifications.
Best wishes to all for a warm, healthy, and happy holiday season!
Welcome to the Hye Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.
Whether you like to cook, bake, have never done either, or just like to play with your food...come on in and join me! :)